If there is one thing that just about everyone is concerned with or self-conscious about, it is the appearance of their mouth. While this usually refers to the internal condition of their smile, teeth, and gums, it can sometimes also have to do with the outward appearance, and for the purposes of this article, the lower jaw, specifically. When the bottom jaw protrudes it can cause a number of dental issues, mainly affecting chewing or causing an excess buildup of saliva. While there are various ways to treat and correct this issue, it may not always be necessary. We suggest consulting with a dental professional to decide what course of action is best for you. For those times when treatment is necessary, here are two of the most common options: With Braces For less severe cases which involve a protruding lower jaw, something as quick and as simple as braces just might be the trick. By carefully realigning the teeth and jaws which are causing the issue, the patient can begin to see results in a relatively short amount of time. This will improve not only the cosmetic issue, but also the functional issues as well. With Orthognathic Surgery In the instances where braces aren’t quite enough to solve the problem, oral surgery can also provide a solution to a protruding bottom jaw. The specific details and recovery time will be dependent on the severity of the condition. To find out whether braces or surgery would best treat and correct your particular issue (or to find out if treatment is even needed at all) be sure to contact us as soon as you can. Our highly skilled dental professionals will be able to consult with you on the best course of action.